Doug Clifford

Doug Clifford

Woodstock alum
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Happy birthday…April 24, 1945
Doug Clifford
picture from: http://creedence-revisited.com/band/doug-cosmo-clifford/

DG’s acceptance at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction 

          One of the most common questions  Museum guests at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts ask me is, "What was your favorite group?" My polite answer is that that's like asking me which is my favorite grandchild? Hopefully getting a chuckled response, I then say that the band whose 8-track I went home and bought was Creedence Clearwater Revival.  
          In 1969 I didn't get jamming. I loved albums and FM stations' explorations, but when it came to a live performance I was looking for what I'd heard on the album. 
          Creedence Clearwater Revival Woodstock performance fit that expectation. Great sound, tight playing, one hit after another. 

Doug Clifford 

        Doug Clifford, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford was CCR's drummer and an original member of the band. In fact, it was John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook who first formed a group without John's older brother, Tom. The trio called themselves The Blue Velvets.
          In 1964, a quartet with Tom, they signed with Fantasy Records as the Golliwogs. 
          The band stalled in 1966 when both John and Doug received draft notices.  Fogerty joined the Army Reserve;  Clifford the Coast Guard Reserve.
          Things got back on track by 1968 after John Fogerty and Doug Clifford were discharged and the band became Creedence Clearwater Revival and released its first album, Creedence Clearwater Revival, on July 5 of that year.
          Some success in '68 led to a breakout 1969: three hit albums and an invitation to the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Their performance was, according to John Fogerty, subpar and that is the purported reason why he declined any inclusion from their set on the 1970 album. John blamed it on the audience. The Dead had preceded CCR and when CCR came on, John reported saw, "Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud," Stu Cook disagreed saying, ""The performances are classic CCR..."
          Keep in mind that the Dead had closed with a rousing  39 minute rendition of Pigpen doing their classic "Turn On Your Lovelight." And it was the middle of the night, so I'm not sure how John could have seen much at all.
          In 1970, band tensions had its toll. Tom Fogerty left first and on October 16, 1972 Fantasy Records and the band officially announced the break up.

Doug Clifford solo

Doug Clifford

          Doug Clifford released a solo album, Cosmo, and later joined Stu Cook in the Don Harrison Band.
          Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.  Tom Fogerty had died in 1990, but the other three original members were there.
          In 1995, Clifford and Cook formed the band Creedence Clearwater Revisited. John Fogerty challenged the name, but the courts decided in Clifford and Cooks favor. The band continues to tour (>>> Creedence Revisited site)

Children of 16

Children of 16

April 24, 2016

...101 years ago…

“Proclamation Of The Irish Republic” by Michael MacLiammoir.
Children of 16
Students from Dublin City Quay primary school take part in a commemoration for the 40 children killed in the 1916 rising. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
               Once the Irish uprising began on Easter morning 1916, no one on the streets of Dublin was safe. The British put  a curfew into place and the rebels wanted no looting, but the poor and their children, and there was an abundance of them, continued to live their lives of scrounging for Dublin's leftovers.
               These poor were among the many killed during the failed uprising. No burial services were held. No graves marked. In fact most were interred in a mass grave in Glasnevin cemetery.
               From the Irish Times: Broadcaster Joe Duffy...spent his spare time in the last year trawling records and has documented the deaths of 40 people under 17 among the 374 civilians who were killed during the Easter Rising.
               The Irish singer Declan O'Rourke composed a song in memory of them. It is called the Children of 16.
               Many young senior citizens, remembering the 1960s and the protest music that came out of those turbulent years, complain that there is no longer that sensibility in today's singers.
               They are wrong. They need to look around and listen. I have put the lyrics to O'Rourke's song before the video. Both are amazing.  This film was made by Stephen Mogerley at the GPO, in O'Connell st, Dublin. O'Rourke is standing at the spot where Padraig Pearse read out the proclamation of the Irish Republic on Easter Monday, 1916, moments prior to the beginning of the Rising.

Children of 16

In Dublin town one Easter morn a hundred years ago
The Rebels led a rising from the city’s GPO
Brave heroes and their enemies fell, civilians in between
And among the dead and fallen were the Children of ’16
Those children of the tenement slums who daily with their pals
A brazen wild brigade sprang up between the two canals
With their handcarts over cobblestone they rattled, skid, and tore
Barefooted as they scavenged through the crossfire and the gore
A war zone of the capital the bombs and shelling made
And snipers’ bullets pierced and whipped the sulphured April haze
There was fighting from the union to the mill above the green
And it made a great excitement for the Children of ’16
Six days have bid the Rebels pay a grave and bloody toll
But through their blood and martyrdom Republic soon was born
High aloft its streets and buildings now their names can e’er be seen
But still missing from the pages are the Children of ’16
Nor Pearse, nor Clarke, McDonagh nor the Connolly we know
Would rest were they remembered on a pedestal alone
And are they not the Fathers of our nation proud and free
And our sisters and our brothers then the Children of ’16

Children of 16
The 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic